News from Representative Smucker


 Strengthening Career and Technical Education

I have some great news to share with you! The House recently passed bipartisan legislation that will strengthen career and technical education and give more Pennsylvanians the skills they need to compete for in-demand jobs.

I have my own experience with non-traditional education. I took college courses at night while operating a small construction company during the day. That’s why I was an original cosponsor and am a strong supporter of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century ActIntroduced by Reps. GT Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), this bill will help businesses and schools collaborate to ensure students are prepared for family-sustaining jobs. In particular, it will provide states with more flexibility to use federal resources in response to changing education and economic needs.

You can learn more about this legislation here, and watch a short video here.


 A Loving Home for Children

Every child deserves a loving home. In 2015, more than 670,000 American children – and more than 16,000 in Pennsylvania – spent time in foster care. Countless family members of foster children are willing and eager to accept these children into their homes. We should be making that process easier, not tying them up in bureaucratic red tape that extends the amount of time children spend in foster care.

That is why I am so glad that the House passed my bipartisan legislation to help states identify ways to expedite foster placement of children with family members. I introduced this bill with Rep. Terri Sewell of Alabama – a longtime champion for foster children. The bill now goes to the Senate where I hope they will pass it in short order.

Learn more about this important bipartisan victory here. You can also read a column I wrote with Rep. Sewell here, and watch me speak on the House floor here.

 Preserving Our Natural Environment

I am very proud of the natural beauty we find in our district. Pennsylvania – and our communities in particular – have a long history of conservation and environmental protection. Like so many others, I want a clean environment for current residents and future generations.

I recently teamed up with my Pennsylvania colleagues Reps. Scott Perry and Pat Meehan to introduce the Susquehanna National Heritage Area ActThis bill would make York and Lancaster Counties a “National Heritage Area” – a congressional designation that will provide National Park Service assistance for conservation and preservation of historical landmarks. It will help attract more visitors and stimulate our local economy. 

Read about this bill, and what exactly it means to be a “National Heritage Area,” here


Photo Journal

Representatives from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Keystone visited Washington this week. I met with them to discuss apprenticeships, regulatory reform, tax reform, and how we can move forward on investing in our infrastructure. If you’d like to schedule a meeting with me at either my Washington or Lancaster office, you can do that here.

Congratulations to the Donegal High School women’s softball team on their comeback victory to win the state championship! I was glad a member of my staff could attend their celebration and present the team with a congratulatory certificate and an American flag from the Capitol. I went down to the House floor to share their victory with my colleagues – you can watch that video here. You can learn about the congratulatory services I can provide for a wide range of accomplishments here.

I was glad to attend the Southwest Community Neighborhood Celebration for a $1.15 million grant to Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP). These privately-donated funds will go a long way to improving our community and helping those in need. You can learn more about this event here. If you’d like me to visit your business, school, or organization in the district, you can invite me here.

I was glad to join a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers to talk about the importance of our agriculture industry and the role it plays in our economy. Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Redding and Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Ebert were also in attendance. Looking forward to working with this group to support our farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses.

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Lloyd Smucker

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